Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A Heinlein (Signed) (Limited First Edition copy ” L”)

“There is nothing wrong with being scared… as long as you don’t let it affect you until the danger is over… The difference between a coward and a braveman is mostly a matter of timing.”
– Robert A Heinlein Job: A Comedy of Errors

Signed Limited First Edition. This is letter “L” of 26 lettered copies of the limited edition. Additionally there were 750 copies that were numbered. Signed on the limitation page. Full numberline. Bound in red publisher’s cloth with a small gilt insignia to the bottom corner of the front board, with gilt titling on spine. Includes matching slipcase.

As one of the first sci-fi authors to break into the mainstream by his publications in popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s, Robert A. Heinlein was instrumental in establishing science fiction as a significant genre and not just a passing subcultural fad. Along with sci-fi legends Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark, Robert A. Heinlein was considered one of the “Big Three” of science fiction authors. Both during his lifetime and posthumously, Heinlein was the recipient of a wide variety of accolades. In 1975, he was awarded the inaugural title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Additionally, he received Hugo Awards for four of his novels, as well as Retro Hugo Awards for five of his works that were published before the Hugo Awards began. Heinlein’s influence was expansive which is evident in 1980 when the Reagan Administration asked him to join the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, whose members included the likes of Buzz Aldrin and a multitude of aerospace leaders. Heinlein was a prolific author who published 32 novels, 59 short stories, and 16 collections in his lifetime.

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Flesh by Philip Jose Farmer (Signed)

Signed by the Author on the title page, no inscription. First printing thus. Revised and expanded version of the novel first published in 1960 by Galaxy Publishing

Philip Jose Farmer’s decided during the fourth grade that he was to be an author. Farmer had a gift for weaving themes of theology, sexuality, and adventure into a wonderfully weird and poignant literary tapestry. He had a truly unique voice and vision, which is exemplified by his novella about a sexual tryst between a human and an extraterrestrial in the novella The Lovers which won him his first of three Hugos. Farmer sparked both celebration and controversy with his novel Venus on the Half-shell, where, with permission, he wrote as the voice of Kilgore Trout, a fictional science fiction authors of Kurt Vonnegut’s design. For a short period of time, the work was attributed to Vonnegut, who was none too pleased and was known later to have regretted allowing Farmer to publish, even though the novel’s reception in the literary community was quite warm.

Among his many honors, Farmer was named the SFWA Grand Master in 2001, and in that same year was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien 1st Full Leather Slipcased (Signed)

Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings

Slipcased. The fantasy trilogy sequel The Hobbit. Signed and inscribed by Tolkien on a sheet laid-in, “If you would like a signature for “The Lord of the Rings”, you can stick this in with my good wishes, [signed] J.R.R. Tolkein, 20/6/73″. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Fellowship of the Rings, “First published in 1954” stated ; The Two Towers, “First published in 1954” stated; and The Return of the King, “First published in 1955” stated.

All three volumes rebound in magnificent full red Morocco (goatskin leather) binding, with lettering on spine in gilt, five raised bands to spine, all edges trimmed and gilded, inside dentelles in gilt, marbled endpapers, with the original cloth spine of books laid down at rear. Fold-out map at rear of each volume as issued. Jackets not present.

Details: Volume 3: Hammond’s revised variant three, with faulty wobbly type and signature mark “4” present at bottom of page number 49. Also with Hammond’s variant two, with closed gap “Men” on page number 281. (Hammond notes that all variants and priorities assigned to them are of manufacture only. They would have been published simultaneously.) The three-volume set is housed in a handsome red cloth slipcase.
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J.R.R. Tolkien was a hugely celebrated fantasy author who has unrivaled significance in the genre of high fantasy. He is considered to be the father of the modern fantasy. Tolkien had a gift for other world development which is best exemplified in the rich environment of Middle-earth which his most revered works take place.

As both a student and a professor, Tolkien was immersed in the academics of literature. Whether it be during his tenure as a professor from 1925-1959 at the University of Oxford, or as a member of the Inklings, Tolkien’s life was a celebration of the written word.

The Inklings were an informal group of authors, academics and general literary enthusiasts from the University of Oxford who celebrated and encouraged the authorship of fantasy as well as other works of narrative fiction. During his time with the Inklings, Tolkien spent much time with fellow fantasy luminary C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia).

Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the prequel The Hobbit were adapted into major motion pictures starting in 2001. Directed by Peter Jackson, the trilogy was a feat of cinematography using the gorgeous landscape of New Zealand to bring Middle-earth to life.

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Collected Stories Richard Matheson (Double Signed) (Limited) (First Edition)

Double Signed and inscribed Limited First Edition (stated). #386 of 400 signed/numbered copies. Authored signed on limitation page, he additionally wrote and dated an inscription on the FFE “2/20/90 To Marcie. Best Wishes. Richard Matheson.” Full leather bound with gilt and silver foil signature to the top board, as well as decorative gilt titling to spine. Housed in matching slipcase. An excellent collector’s edition.

Richard Matheson was a celebrated sci-fi, fantasy and horror author, who penned classics such as I am Legend and What Dreams May Come. Matheson’s served as an inspiration to many, across all literary genres and creative mediums. Stephen King dedicated his novel Cell to Matheson acknowledging his influence on his work.

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A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt (Founder’s Copy)(First Edition)

Three-Quarter Leather. First Trade Hardcover Edition. One-of-a-kind. Unique “founder’s copy” of first trade hardcover edition (preceded in hardcover only by an American book-club edition), and first British edition. (The statement of printing on the copyright page is incorrect, the British hardcover edition precedes the British paperback edition.) Bound-up from the first sheets supplied to the publisher from the printer. This copy was specially bound for the founder of Kinnell Publications Limited, in three-quarter tan Morocco (goat skin) with gold lettering on a red Morocco lettering-piece, gold stamping, raised bands, and top and fore-edge gilt. This copy, and this copy only, has a colophon. This copy then is the first copy of the first trade hardcover edition and the first copy of the first British edition, in a unique and handsome binding. With a signed letter of provenance from Kinnell’s founder A.E. Cunningham.

A Talent for War is the first novel of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt. It was first published in 1989, while its sequels did not begin to be released until 2004, and most recently book 7 in 2014.A portion of A Talent for War was published in part in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine in1987 titled “Dutchman.

Jack McDevitt is a science fiction author who most oftenexplores the themes and circumstance relatingto first contact with an alien race. His novels regularly dive into the study of Xenoarchaeology, specifically looking at the social and cultural intricacies of extraterrestrials. Although McDevitt was nominated a whopping 16 times for a Nebula Award, his only win to date was in 2006 for his novel Seeker.

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The Vampyre by John William Polidori w/Leaf (p.33, 1819 ed) LTD #8

First Edition of Leaf Book, limited to 19, this is copy stamped “8”, with Leaf p.33 tipped-in as frontispiece above limitation statement. LEAF BOOK, WHICH IS NUMBERED AND LIMITED TO ONLY 19 COPIES. A small printed note mounted to the limitation page states: “This is an original leaf from the 1819 American edition of THE VAMPYRE, A TALE by John William Polidori, erroneously attributed to Lord Byron on its title page, published by M. Thomas and printed by J. Maxwell, Philadelphia. This is one of two editions published in America in 1819, the same year as the first edition published in England. It is not known which of the two American imprints has the honor of being the first American edition. Only one complete copy of this edition is now known to exist.” Blue cloth-backed, blue paper-covered boards, lettered in pale yellow and illustrated with a bat and moon pattern in black and pale yellow. 

 

The Vampyre is a groundbreaking short story that, with its publication in 1819, paved the way for the modern vampire novel as we know it today. The work is so enmeshed in the fabric of horror literature, that it is frequently seen to be folkloric, and is referenced as such within contemporary works. The Vampyre’s authorship was erroneously attributed to Lord Byron with its initial publication in the New Monthy Magazine on April 1, 1819. Both Byron and Polidori have gone on record to rectify the incongruity. 

The Vampyre is to be adapted into a feature-film that is tentatively set to be released in October 2018.

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They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon (1st Edition Founder’s Copy)

Three-Quarter Leather. First Hardcover Edition. Signed Letter of Provenance. Kinnell, London. 1990. Unique “founder’s copy” of the first hardcover edition. Bound-up from the first sheets supplied to the publisher from the printer. This copy was specially bound for the founder of Kinnell Publications Limited, in three-quarter red Morocco (goatskin) with gold lettering, gold ruling to the raised bands, and with top and fore-edge gilt. This copy, and this copy only, has a colophon. This copy is the first copy of the first hardcover edition, in a unique and handsome binding. With a signed letter of provenance from Kinnell’s founder, A.E. Cunningham. 

In 1993 McCammon took a self-imposed hiatus from writing. At the time he claimed it to be a retirement, but his talents resurfaced in 2003 with a new vitality. In the early years of his career (1978-1993) McCammon’s work was steeped in horror with elements of fantasy. During the second phase of his career, his work expanded beyond the confines of the genre of horror, adding historical and social elements that were not present before. McCammon’s roots were deeply set in his home of Birmingham, Alabama, which he drew upon to enrich his later works. That is not to say that his hometown didn’t make appearances in his early work, in They Thirst, the vampire leader Count Vulkan was named after a statue in the Red Mountains of Birmingham. 

They Thirst is centered around a necropolis overrun with vampires that was once the city of Los Angeles. They Thirst is a twist on the vampire novel which interweaves other, more common monsters of modernity including an albino sociopath and chicano gangsters. 

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (First Edition)

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”

– George RR Martin, Game of Thrones

True First Edition, and First American Edition. September 1996. First printing 1-10 full number line. Black cloth-backed black paper-covered boards, spine stamped silver, author’s facsimile signature blind-stamped to cover. Silver foil embossed dust jacket lettered dark blue, $21.95 price on flap. First Book of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. 

Interior Artist: James Sinclair (Map endpapers) 

A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin and is the namesake of the wildly popular HBO series. A Game of Thrones is structured with chapters indicating whomever of the eight main characters is being reflected by the third person limited narration. The series focuses on the 7 kingdoms of Westeros and the drama that unfolds when family, wealth, power, and fear of “the other” clash.  

George RR Martin acquired a passion for reading at a young age when he realized that he could escape his home in Beyonne, New Jersey, to fantastical worlds beyond his wildest dreams. Martin began his lifetime love affair with storytelling as a youth when he would write and perform monster stories to the neighborhood children for a penny. Martin’s first published work was at the ripe age of 21 with the sale of his story “The Hero” to Galaxy magazine. In 1973 Martin was nominated for his first Hugo Award and Nebula award for his work “With Morning Comes Mistfall.” In 1977 Martin published his first novel Dying of the Light.  GRRM is very active in the sci-fi fandom community as much as a fan as he is a contributor. Martin actively writes on his blog “Not a Blog” and regularly attends conventions. Martin may have found fame, and well-deserved success, even being called “the American Tolkien” by Lev Grossman of Time Magazine, but he has never turned his back on the creative community that helped bring him to where he is today

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Moonfoam and Sorceries Stanley Mullen (Signed)(Limited) (LIZARD SKIN bound state)

Limited Edition. Signed by Author and Artist. LIZARD SKIN bound state (RAREST STATE). Signed by the author, Stanley Mullen, and by Roy Hunt, the book’s illustrator. 1,000 numbered and signed copies were bound in cloth, 30 “deluxe” numbered and signed copies bound in red leatherette, and 10 copies signed and numbered and bound in full blue lizard skin. The lizard skin state of this book is a legendary rarity among science fiction specialty press collectors. THIS COPY IS NUMBER “3” AND WAS ROY HUNT’S COPY. The cloth state of this book was distributed by Shasta Publishers. This full blue-black lizard skin state not listed in Chalker and Owings.
Moonfoam and Sorceries is a collection of stories by artist, author, and publisher Stanley Mullen. In 1959 Mullen won the Hugo Award for his short story “Space to Swing a Cat.” Although Mullen yielded a large body of short stories, he only provided three full-length books during his career. Mullen was frequently published in Planet Stories, as well as a number of other pulp magazines of the time.
Mullen was deeply entrenched in the sci-fi community, not only as a content creator but as a producer. Mullen was the owner of Gorgon Press, a small press publisher that he instituted in 1948. Mullen released a short-lived fanzine named The Gorgon, after his company, which only released 11 issues in total. Along with his literary works, Mullen was a celebrated artist, and today has a series of painting as a part of a permanent collection at the Denver Art Museum.

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The Ensign’s Prize Court: Recovered Pirate’s Booty Robert A. Heinlein (Set #4/29)

“Secrecy begets tyranny.”  
― Robert A. HeinleinStranger in a Strange Land

Set #4 of 29 copies, with Letter of Provenance tipped into The Green Hills of Earth, the other 7 volumes still sealed in shrinkwrap. No jackets issued.

Initially seized by way of a Copyright infringement by the literary Executrix Virginia Heinlein, this series of Amereon works were gifted to the Heinlein Society in 29 complete sets. Virginia, the wife of the deceased legend Robert A Heinlein, explains the process in detail within the tipped in letter of provenance in The Green Hills of Earth.
This set includes:
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Green Hills of Earth
Ordeal in Space
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
Sixth Column
The Menace from Earth
Methuselah’s Children
Life Line
As one of the first sci-fi authors to break into the mainstream by his publications in popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s, Robert A. Heinlein was instrumental in establishing science fiction as a significant genre and not just a passing subcultural fad. Along with sci-fi legends Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark, Robert A. Heinlein was considered one of the “Big Three” of science fiction authors. Both during his lifetime and posthumously, Heinlein was the recipient of a wide variety of accolades. In 1975, he was awarded the inaugural title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Additionally, he received Hugo Awards for four of his novels, as well as Retro Hugo Awards for five of his works that were published before the Hugo Awards began. Heinlein’s influence was expansive which is evident in 1980 when the Reagan Administration asked him to join the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, whose members included the likes of Buzz Aldrin and a multitude of aerospace leaders. Heinlein was a prolific author who published 32 novels, 59 short stories, and 16 collections in his lifetime.

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